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Weekend on the South Carolina coast with Honors UNIV101

Freshman Honors College students interested in science, environment or health can spend a weekend on the coast of South Carolina when they enroll in a special Honors section of University 101.

The Honors College is partnering with the Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Sciences so that SCHC students can learn more about the extraordinary hands-on education and research opportunities at USC’s premier field lab located near Georgetown, SC.  During one weekend during the fall semester, students and instructors will caravan to the Baruch Institute where they will participate in meaningful research, service and coastal activities.  Students will also spend time exploring our coast’s culture, food, and outstanding beaches and waterways!


Travel to the Baruch Institute is Sept. 15-17, which is an “away” football game weekend for USC.

Travel Details

Only Honors freshmen enrolled in UNIV101 section H07 will have the opportunity to participate in the group trip to the Baruch Institute, which is a required component of the course.

Two instructors and a peer mentor will accompany the group of 15 UNIV101 Honors students.  The class will travel together to the Baruch Institute, approximately a 3-hour drive from Columbia, leaving campus on Friday afternoon, Sept. 15 and returning in the afternoon on Sept. 17.

Course Fees

$50 program fee* (non-refundable): fee includes roundtrip transportation, housing, several excursions and most meals. (Limited funding is available to cover program fee.  See the application for more details.)

 Additional expenses: students are responsible for money for several meals, souvenirs, and any miscellaneous expenses. 

*The majority of costs associated with this experience will be covered by the Honors College, which is why the program fee of $50 is significantly lower than the total cost of this study away experience.

How do I apply?

This is a high demand opportunity and students must complete a short application to be considered for enrollment in the course.  The application is only available to incoming Honors freshmen and is due by May 26. 

  • Students will be notified by June 2 if they will be granted a seat in the course.
  • Students who are accepted for enrollment must pay the $50 program fee by June 9 or they will lose their spot in the class to another student.
  • After the program fee is received, the student will automatically be enrolled in UNIV101 section H07.

Our 2023 Baruch application is now closed

What is UNIV 101?

University 101 is designed to help first-year students adjust to the university, develop a better understanding of the learning process and acquire essential academic success skills. The course provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the university and also provides a support group for students transitioning to college by examining problems common to the first-year experience.

The Honors College strongly encourages students to enroll in UNIV101 in the fall of their freshman year.  UNIV101 is a 3-credit hour course.  Enrolling in an Honors section fulfills an Honors elective requirement.

Learn more about USC’s UNIV101 programming, ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report for first year experience!

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